Earn Your Black Belt from YouTube in 5 Easy Steps

Earn Your Black Belt from YouTube in 5 Easy Steps

 Just kidding about the five easy steps, so calm down.  When you teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, students looking at videos outside of class for instruction can put a coach in the uncomfortable position of having to discourage a certain move or to respond to one student’s interpretation of why a move they learned from an app is better than what was covered in class. Yes, a YouTube warrior can make f...
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Meet the Pandas – The Mighty Mexican Combat Wrestler - Javier Palomo

Javier Palomo is as dedicated as they come, and his decorated competition history reflects that. Daniel Bertina has the interview.
Daniel Bertina
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Fight the Funk: Health and Hygiene for BJJ

Staying clean and healthy is fundamental to a good training experience. This guide will make sure you don't miss mat time due to stinky gear or itchy rashes.
Matt Kirtley
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Drilling with Chaos

In this blog post, Marshal talks about how gradually introducing chaos into your drilling can help you bridge the gap between practicing a move on an unresisting partner and applying it during a live roll.
Marshal Carper
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The Fundamental Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Matt goes back to basic basics in this week's blog post about the bedrock concepts of BJJ. This is a must-read for new white belts.
Matt Kirtley
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Find a Reality-Check Friend: How to Avoid the Trap of Believing Our Own Hype

There is a scene in the underrated film Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping in which beleaguered former boy bander and current solo star Conner4Real starts to question the motives of the people around him. He worries ...
Valerie Worthington
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Building a Healthy Jiu-Jitsu Team

In many sports, the idea of a team is a clean-cut concept of shared success and responsibility. If you are on a soccer team, every player has to work together to win a game. That means communication, support, an...
Marshal Carper
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6 Years at Black Belt

Matt hit the six year milestone as a black belt this year. What has changed over that time?
Matt Kirtley
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Meet the Pandas – A Dark Horse in the Arms Race – Jon Calestine

Choo choo! The Jon Calestine hype train continues to run strong with this exclusive interview from Panda Nation’s Daniel Bertina.
Daniel Bertina
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How to Guest Instruct

As you climb the ranks of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your chances of having to fill in for an instructor go up as well. Under the best circumstances, your temporary upgrade from student to teacher will be shared with you...
Marshal Carper
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Prescience and OODA Loops: Navigating the Chaos of Grappling

In the sci-fi masterpiece Dune, the protagonist Paul Atreides gains the power of prescience, the supernatural ability to see the future. In his prescience, he does not see a single vision of one future, but many poten...
Matt Kirtley
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How to be a Better BJJ Student

New for the Panda Nation blog: Marshal explores the process of learning how to learn jiu-jitsu to accelerate your progress.
Aaron Rubin
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